Sony Xperia XZ1 announced with iterative improvements and Android Oreo

by XB on 31st August 2017

in Featured Content, Xperia X series


Sony’s mobile flagship strategy over the last few years is to make small improvements to each handset every six months, both in hardware and software, culminating in the Xperia XZ1 announced earlier today. While in previous years, this strategy hasn’t been criticised too much, that has changed in 2017.

This is against a backdrop of flagship smartphones that look very different this year with their near bezel-less displays, making anything else look tired and old. This is the criticism that has been applied to Sony in the lead up to this launch, and we hope it will be in a good position to answer this criticism for next year’s models. Anyway, despite the small upgrades, the Xperia XZ1 looks like a good all-rounder with strong specs, if the design doesn’t put you off.

One of the most impressive things that Sony has done with the Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact is to launch both phones with Android 8.0 Oreo. Given that the update was only formally announced last week, this is great work by Sony. It’s even more impressive when you consider some of Sony’s competition, such as the LG V30 won’t get Oreo until the end of the year.

When comparing the Xperia XZ1 against the Xperia XZs, there are a few differences. The Xperia XZ1 is armed with the Snapdragon 835 chipset (vs. SD 820) and has a 5.2-inch Full HD 1080p HDR display (the XZs does not have HDR). The Xperia XZ1 also supports Sony’s new 3D Creator app allowing users to scan an object, turn it into a 3D avatar and print it. The Xperia XZ1 also has a metallic frame, compared to the plastic used in the XZs.

One area where the Xperia XZ1 does not excel though is in the endurance department, with its 2700mAh battery (versus 2900mAh for the XZs). Now Sony is using a more efficient chipset in the Snapdragon 835, so actual real life battery performance is unlikely to be that different. However, with similar flagships from competitors offering bigger batteries, this seems like an opportunity missed.

Other Xperia XZ1 features remain the same as the XZs including 4GB RAM, 64GB UFS internal storage, the use of a 19MP 1/2.3-inch rear Motion Eye camera with 960 frames per second slow motion video and a 13MP 1/ 3.06-inch front-facing camera. The handset is also IP65/68 dust and water resistant, and supports Bluetooth 5.0, NFC and a USB 3.1 Type-C port.

The Xperia XZ1 has dimensions of 148 x 73 x 7.4mm mm and weighs 156g. It will be available in four colours (Moonlit Blue, Black, Warm Silver, Venus Pink) when it launches in September 2017.

Via Sony Mobile Blog.

  • Moisés

    XZ1 and Compact have UFS storage. 32 GB for Compact.

  • Shams Hamdulay

    Well both the flagships are awesome…. But why doesn’t sony bring back a flagship phone with separate dual sim slot and separate slot for SD card!!!!! An important feature for many customers in India….

  • SONY only

    This is the biggest disappointment ever … I don’t what is the “new” in this shit phone … It is downgrade from XZ Premium !!!

    Fu** you sony !!!!!!!!!!

    Go to hell !!!!

  • Luis

    I was hoping for Compact to have 64GB ROM and FHD display. Disappointed.

  • BGDoesGaming

    lool sony knows how retarded the antena band looks thus hiding them as best as possible on their promo pictures. i heard the speakers are 50% louder so that good!

    i think they knew this phone is DOA thus keeping the presentation super short and hardly even any marketing or coverage by media… comments are not positive and so are the hands on. me as a sony fan i do not care but consumers do when they see reviewers go on about how dated the phone looks it turns people away.

  • Stephen

    Like most people who aren’t 15 anymore I’m not the least bit interested in silly gimmicks like the “infinity display”. What I AM interested in is battery power. And 2700 is USELESS. This phone has already been consigned to the bin marked “Xperia X”. I have yet to see any evidence, (through experience of trying the various generations myself), of this tired old wheeled out excuse that “because the latest Snapdragon is so much more efficient it doesn’t matter that the battery is smaller” being the least bit true. I’m sure you could link me to some benchmarks. Benchmarks have little relation to actual real world experience.

  • BGDoesGaming

    xz1 compact is looking great though!

  • KarFar

    Unpopular opinion: it has grown on me a bit.

  • Serdar Aytamaner

    Design put us off ? Of course not. On the contrary, we’re here because we love the design. because we like how Sony stand against the current.

  • Morzy

    To be fair, the smaller screen pushes the PPI up and the lower resolution also helps with the battery, given that a phones display takes up most of the battery. The UFS is smaller but they had to cut costs somewhere. I’m just glad it has flagship specs and frankly storage is something we can change.

    All in all, I’ll be happy to eventually get one of these.

  • Stephen

    The very same. I don’t need gimmicks. But I DO need a stronger battery. My Z2 used to just go on and on and on and on. And like my other comment said – I’ve yet to see any evidence of the tired out claim that “because of the new CPU, it doesn’t matter that much that the battery is smaller”. I mean, when you can put a 2900 in an XZ which has more or less the exact same form factor, why on earth would you drop to 2700??

  • Niet
  • Rene Pedroso

    It is a design issue (without compromising the Xperia battery optimization – 2 day), Sony doesn’t need a higher capacity battery due to the 835 chipset. The device in concept will still perform for 2 days of average use. Sony is VERY HIGH on design and I am sure that is why they choose to use a 2700mAh to provide the right ergonomic weight, feel, etc…

  • Rene Pedroso

    .7mm

  • Night Guy

    You forgot about autofocus burst.

  • Niet

    J’en ai rien à foutre de tes justifications, Sony continu de faire de la merde avec les batteries POINT BARRE et que tous ceux qui trouvent ça normal aillent creuver la gueule ouverte. PUTIN D’ORDURES !

  • Liam Hethershaw

    Although underwhelmed I quite like the look of the black fingerprint sensor on the black colour, looks far more professional and expensive compared to other flagships with their gimmicky curved screens and glass backs

  • rbnbvb

    Love them all, nice job Sony

  • Moisés

    3 phones are listed on Sony Mobile website of my country already

  • Moisés

    S7 Edge : 3600mAh
    S8 : 3000

    Moto Z Play : 3510
    Moto Z2 Play : 3000

    OP3T has bigger battery than OP5, same for Moto Z Force x Moto Z2 Force

    They all are doing it…

    Newer cpu = less power required = smaller battery to achieve same battery life of previous phone.

  • Moisés

    A tech website of my country performs battery tests. They use many apps during the day like browsers, social network, games, streaming of music/video.

    XA1 could resist 30% more than XA. Same battery.

    Of course XZ1 wont be like Z3 + android 4.4 but could be a bit better than XZ. We have to wait.
    I agree, 2900 or 3000 would be very welcome.

  • Niet

    And to say that some accept this … either morons, or garbage in the pay of the builders .

  • Moisés

    Xz, Xzs and XZ Premium are cycle 2016-17.
    XZ1 and XZ1c belong to 2017-18

  • Moisés

    I’d rather have a 8mm phone with 3200mAh than 7mm with 2900.

    All OEMs can cut costs and increase profits this way.

  • Niet

    Z3 7.1 3100mAh
    Z2 8.2 3200mAh

    It’is a certainty to be able to have a smartphone of 8.2mm with a battery of far more capacity than 3200mAh … but Sony and morons swear NO

  • zip

    Phone looks beautiful. Love the large bezels.

  • dragonsneeze

    The big change is the internal design which debuted with the new premium.

  • Akand

    First of all I trust Sony on this case. Perfect optimisation, more advanced SoC, better battery management are the reason to think less on mAh count. mAh count doesn’t give you the best result always. Like Intel CPUs, i7 CPUs have less GHz count then i3, but still outperform i3. Please don’t fool yourself. Yes, I also wanted 200mAh more, but it’s not a big deal. Sony never disappointed me on battery life. If XZ1 can last standard duration, I will never count the mAh. Like I never trusted synthetic benchmark. Sony always lost on benchmark scores, but always won on practical real life performance.
    I know more mAh means longer battery life, but also more weight. Bigger should be slimmer and lighter, that’s the reason I think.

  • Jacky

    The XZs didn’t have ufs storage, fyi

  • Jacky

    No one said the this is an upgrade for their premium lineup…this is an updated model for their xz lineup

  • Luis

    Makes sense. I’ll use remote play for PS4 Pro on my XZ, and wouldn’t want to sacrifice resolution on the games.

  • Niet

    The optimizations on the consumption, it’s well YES BUT the contribution is nullified by the decrease of the capacity of the battery.

    That’s it will be 3200mAh as for the Z2 (already done, nothing impossible in the idea to redo it) + optimizations or nothing … Sony continues to be wrong then well done if some refuse to understand the need and envy of the consumer.

    Thinness = less space for a good battery
    The majority of the reasoned users does not have to lose 1 or 2mm,
    it wants autonomy.

    The majority of users do not have to make a definition of mental patient who goes on to break up autonomy, pay a high price and be useless to the majority of clients with reason. they want autonomy!

    So stop finding explanations or excuses, the result is not there and it’s been years that it inflates the latest customers of Sony

  • Warren Chang

    The xz1 and xz1 compact does have a unique niche feature, 3d scanning for 3d print, 3d avatars, 3d scanned message

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqyTTKaNal0&t=7s

  • Warren Chang

    xz1 and xz1 compact also supports both ldac and aptx hd, ( bluetooth 5.0 not confirmed yet), that’s means it’s a great phone for wireless audio, the sealed loop design is a good improvement, but to some people, who like the IN thing, minimal bezel won’t like the design ( which a lot company are following the bandwagon), to me, small bezel don’t do anything for me

  • raju

    SONY take care about battery..not seen blasting

  • raju

    Because Snapdragon 834

  • raju

    835

  • raju

    India too

  • Lex Luna

    battery too low….i wait for another phone… meanwhile i still use xperia z5!

  • lolop

    It’s not a band wagon, it’s the future.

  • lolop

    That’s not good enough, they could’ve made their software optimisations AND a higher capacity battery. Simply not good enough anymore Sony.

  • lolop

    Why not have the 835 chipset AND a higher capacity battery? Bad justifications from blind Sony fans

  • Stephen

    But did they do that over time is the question. Any battery is great in the first few charges. But I tend to keep my phones for more than a couple of weeks. Pushing over 3000 is what it’s all about for me. On the plus side, I’m watching for used XZ Premiums on the PC World ebay outlet store now as people start ditching them for the XZ1 :P

  • Stephen

    Or a gimmick that attracts people easily distracted by shiny things who think that “build quality” is something to do with their house.

  • lolop

    It’s not a gimmick at all. Eventually the whole phone will become the screen (front, back and sides) . I had a Sony phone since the days of T300, at this moment they are way behind the competition, I know the new SoC will bring battery improvements but why REDUCE battery capacity, why not keep it AT LEAST THE SAME so we can enjoy the benefits of two components. Sony just cutting costs and expecting consumers to pay more for less. I’m a Sony fan boy, but I’m not an idiot and I’m not blind.

  • Waleed Nohur

    Yes,, I have a Xperia z1 which is 3000 mAh and a Xperia XA which is 2300 the Xperia XA stay longer than the Xperia z1 in all I have 19 Sony smartphone..

  • Waleed Nohur

    Sony should put a notification light like the Xperia c or Xperia zl in their new phone

  • Rene Pedroso

    I really don’t think anyone is going to get more than two days of battery out of any device. Show me a phone that has more than two days and the specs on it’s size and lets see how it compares in design dimensions to XZ1.

  • MrWalker1000

    okay, first of all 2700 is still too small when other competitors are offering at least 3000amh. I don’t care how well it’s optimized. Actually, the more optimized it is the more it can make use of an even bigger battery.

    The point isn’t to achieve the same battery life as before, but to surpass otherwise there would be no improvment.

    Don’t make excuses for companies doing shit.

  • MrWalker1000

    yeah sony fans are really annoying right now. They keep mentioning the 835 as if its the only phone in the world with it. Eevery other phone HAS IT and a bigger battery to boot .

    the optimization makes it more ideal to include an even bigger battery.

  • MrWalker1000

    you nailed it bro. Im a sony fan but sony fans are annoying as fuck right now and will buy anything regardless just like apple fans or samsung fans. The reality is that sony was ahead of the competition when the Z2 and the z3 came out which were arguably teh best phones during that time.

    right now even since the z2 and the z3 came out they’ve been losing that edge they used to have.

    Right now Pixel xl 2, LG v30, Nokia 8, HTC11 are all better phones.

  • Maroun El-Chayeb

    Ahhhh, i have a contract extension coming next year in spring and have to think wether i want to buy a replacement for my 3 and almost a half year old sony xperia z2. I want to have a sony again and i hoped that it will be the sony xperia xz1, but no it will not. The design is great, for me it is the most beautiful sony phone, especially the blue one. But there are two things, which i dont like. The camera performance in low light, expecting to be the same as in xperia xz premium, (and i saw some sample pics) and the battery. For me the minimum, coming from the 3200mAh sony xperia z2, should be 3000mAh, the MINIMUM. So i will have to wailt what sony shows next year.

  • Juan Carlos

    I love the unibody metal design, I will pre-order it when becomes available.

  • Abrar Zahin Shahriar

    If not OLED then should’ve at least used Sharp’s 120hz IGZO battery saving display. At this rate Chinese OEMs will overtake SONY. The Koreans already have.

  • azzido

    I do not like these colors, hopefully they at least have Black. Metal is what puts me off and lack of new (3d pronter is useless feature for me).

    Is this me or the back cover is broken at the top back in the middle? It looks bad.

  • azzido

    so no improvement on the battery, they will just cost the cost while end users will not receive improvement in battery times since no matter cpu’s and displays will be less powers demanding this “bonus” will be taken away bu reduced battery size…

    Because of this out smartphones will not be lasting longer in next years, sorry also will be cutting the costs… To be honest it is not even the same as it was years back but worse, that is why they no longer advertise it as 2 days battery life, now they are claiming “Full day” … + … soon they will be saying “hours of battery life!”

    Pathetic.
    I will just vote with my wallet, not buying it!

  • azzido

    100% agree, straight into ass!

  • azzido

    yeah, they are behind now even with design, battery and camera.

    It only shows what improvement other brands did and sony is standing in the same place or even doing steps back like battery, increasing bezels and providing abnormal distortion ALWAYS ON. On top of it they are cutting the costs in software division by removing all features and functions we liked.

    this is inline with their sales, in time more and more their fans will move to other brand. I am one of them.

  • Jason He

    is 2700mah enough?

  • Stephen

    So it doesn’t matter, and we shouldn’t fool ourselves….but “yes you wanted 200mAh more”…I don’t pay any attention to benchmarks either but wasn’t the Xperia X supposed to be alright on it’s 2750mah due to the ‘efficient’ and ‘optimised’ Nougat..? Oh except that’s right – it wasn’t.

  • Sridu

    Hope they learn to price it properly.

  • hansip

    well if 2700mah can make for good battery life with XA1 Ultra with its 6 inch FHD display, then don’t dismiss it straight away.

    Yes i understand that bigger is better, and i do hope for it too. but if the SoT number can be higher with smaller battery, then no complain from me.

  • bobeobi gzigzigzeo

    )) nope

  • Antonio Escobedo Tzintzun

    LO MISMO QUE EL XZs

  • HAWX

    Exactly. I am expecting 2500 mAh in 2018 and 3 day battery life xDDDDD

  • MrWalker1000

    yeah its hard to look at lgv30 and not think its better than sony. the decrease of battery size is definitely a very stupid move by them

  • washinma2424

    T-Mobile Wi-Fi calling and VOLTE confirmed?

  • washinma2424

    So the Xz1 compact gets T-mobile Wi-Fi calling and HD voice and VOLTE, but the XZ1 doesn’t? WTF Sony!!!! I am trying so hard to stay loyal!!!

  • CheapMonk

    I want my UltraStamina mode back ;

  • azzido

    Was it removed???

  • CheapMonk

    Aaaaabsolutely ! UltraStamina was a great feature with my Z3c ; extra long battery life you could count in days (14) ; but i once made the error to “upgrade” the OS to 6.0.1 and that feature disappeared… now it’s like 2 or 3 days max !!! it was also a nice feature for disabling all the crapware loaded with Android (Fakebook etc … )
    That’s why i will probably upgrade sooner or later to another OS like Sailfish ;

  • MrWalker1000

    see the thing is now the sony xz1 falls behind comeptition cuz even the lgv30 beat it. im sure sony battery would be amazing if they didnt cheap out with a smaller battery.

  • hansip

    Well v30 which is pricier still and low 8 hrs of browsing time as tested by GSMarena? Nope.

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